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Doorstep Dog Poop and a Hernia the Size of a Volleyball

On September 1st of this year, Ukiah Police Officer Isabel Madrigal was dispatched to the laundromat in the 500 block of North State Street where she'd been summoned by Mr.…

Even In the Courtroom…

Even In the Courtroom…

Darrell Elrod and Ms. Markien Willburn came to court tweaked last Thursday to argue that they were not tweaking last winter when Officer Cody Mason pulled them over in Willits…

Verily, Verily Veri-Trax

It was all circumstantial evidence, this cold case from three years ago. The matter had been set aside and apparently forgotten. The victim was an illegal alien, the alleged perp…

Eyster v. Ten Pounds In a Midnight Yukon

Pulled over and asked to step out of the car. Spread-eagled against the vehicle. First, one arm and then the other pulled behind you as you're snapped into the handcuffs.…

Who You Callin’ a Dirt Bag?

Last week the mainstream media's echo chamber reverberated with a story out of Oklahoma about an elderly white volunteer cop who shot a black man down. The geriatric law enforcer…

Fooling Most of the People

Fooling Most of the People

The week-long trial of Edward Starski, Esq, and his former client/father-in-law/co-conspirator and co-defendant, Larry Cornett, ended in guilty verdicts for both of them last Friday. They were charged with posing…

About that Conversation with the Rabbit…

This trial was a minefield of politically incorrect booby-traps and cavernous tank traps of psychobabble, so many that the judge, who hears these cases often, needed frequent explanations of the…

Hang ‘Em High Henderson

Hang ‘Em High Henderson

Defense attorney Keith Faulder was among the startled to find Judge Henderson hearing a criminal case. Henderson seems to regard Mendocino County's thriving defendant class as automatically guilty of whatever…

The Great Escape

A long dull week in the tedious administration of justice ended in a violent clap of excitement Friday morning when Dustin Henderson, in custody was suddenly out of custody, bursting…

La Forge & Le Wolfe

We were about to hear how it came to pass that Ashley LaForge had, that raw February morning, taken the stand to call Officer Peter Hoyle a liar, and that…

Young Woman In a Hurry

On average, 3000 people a year are killed on the highways in California — 33,000 nationwide — whereas only 6630 Americans have been killed in 14 years of war in…

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